book review: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

title: I’m Not Dying with You Tonight authors: Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones date: Sourcebooks; August 2019 main characters: Lena Jones & Campbell Carlson YA fiction This review is based upon and advanced reader’s copy. That title! I’m not dying. Not with you!! And, not tonight! Even though Lena (African American) and Campbell (White) have… Read More book review: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

October Releases

  1 Oct I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day. HarperCollins. In this debut, inspired by Day’s family’s history, a girl discovers her family’s secrets and her own Native American identity. 1 Oct Take the Mic Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance by Bethany Morrow. Arther A. Levine Books. This anthology features fictional stories–in poems, prose, and art–that… Read More October Releases

Opportunities Abound!

Before I list the career opportunities, I’d like to mention a few general reading opportunities that I think are worth your attention. I still maintain and am continually updating the “50 Years of Diversity in YA Lit” guide. The information is crowd sourced and has become a valuable research and teaching tool. Use it, edit… Read More Opportunities Abound!

review: The Adventures of High John the Conqueror

title: The Adventures of High John the Conquerer author: Steve Sanfield illustrator: John Ward date: Dell Publishing; 1992 African American Folktales High John the Conqueror is an American folk hero brought to life by enslaved African Americans. Also known as John, High John or Jack he exists in folk stories written by Zora Neale Hurston… Read More review: The Adventures of High John the Conqueror